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Wolesi Jirga rises for summer recess tomorrow

Wolesi Jirga rises for summer recess tomorrow

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Jul 25, 2018 - 17:51

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house of parliament is scheduled to rise for a 45-day summer recess on Thursday (tomorrow) amid calls from some lawmakers for more sessions due to the country’s current situation.

Article One Hundred and Seven

The National Assembly shall hold two regular sessions annually. The term of both regular sessions shall be nine months every year, and when needed, the Assembly shall extend its term. Extraordinary sessions of the Assembly during recess shall be convened by Presidential order.

The Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon or upper house has already gone on summer vacation two-day back.

However, some Wolesi Jirga members urged a 15-day delay in the vacation.

Ghulam Hussain Nasari, a representative from central Maidan Wardak province, expressed his concern over the country’s ongoing security situation.

He urged the house administrative board to bring pressure on the government to introduce all acting ministers to the house for a trust vote instead of announcing the summer vacation.

He said: “If we go for summer vacation, it would allow acting officials to continue in their job which is against the law because the period of their acting duty has expired.”

Currently eight ministries including the information and culture, educationinfo-icon, mines and petroleum, foreign affairs, industry and commerce, urban devolvement, energy and water and the  Afghan Red crescent societyinfo-icon director are headed by acting officials.

Mohammad Naeem Hanmidzai Lali, another lawmaker from southern Kandahar province, also urged a 15-day more extension in the house session in order to resolve the acting officials issue.

A number of other lawmakers expressed similar views and called for 15 more sessions, but speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi announced the house would go for the summer break from tomorrow.

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